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Briefcase Appreciation thread

srivats

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Originally Posted by AlanC
I hear ya. I'm afraid it proves we're not Big Timers.

Originally Posted by DocHolliday
I like SilverStreak's bag above, but Valextra is usually lost on me as well. That said, better their generic-looking stuff than their non-generic stuff.

Good to have you two on this side. My mw-traveler is shipping tomorrow and I'll take some SF-specific photos and post here. I hope that bag is the answer to my briefcase hunt.
 

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What do you use to restore luster to a leather bag, or just keep it looking good? I would think shoe polish would not be a good idea, but Lexol might work? Any tips?
 

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Cross posted from mw-traveler thread:

I recieved my briefcase from mw-traveler. Thought I'd post some pics and do a mini review. I am EXTREMELY happy with the bag.

The bag totally oozes quality, with full grain horsehide used everywhere (all linings). The color is so rich and has the same depth of color as shell cordovan. Stitching is top notch and the leather is just outstanding. The hardware used is excellent and the quick release is just beautifully executed. With the snap buttons, you push on the bottom and it comes open in a second - no fidding with button snaps or buckles or clasps. They did a great job with this one.

The laptop comparment padding is great as well. Comfortably fits in a 15" laptop, and the bottom part of this compartment has extra thick, stiff padding. The pockets in the back comfortably hold a cellphone and a calulator - it would be good for a blackberry/iphone as well. There is a zip in the backside of the laptop compartment (brass zip) that runs full length of the case - useful for storing small things.

I'll let the pics do the talking, if you have any questions, please ask.
(color in pics is very true to life)

PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE THE PICS WHEN YOU REPLY























 

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^^^Looks very nice. I'd like to see it after a few years of wear, my guess is that it'll look really great.
 

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Congrats! Very nice. Can't wait for mine...
 

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Originally Posted by JayJay
^^^Looks very nice. I'd like to see it after a few years of wear, my guess is that it'll look really great.

Originally Posted by Dob
Congrats! Very nice. Can't wait for mine...

Thanks folks.

Dob, please also update the original mw-traveler thread with your comments and pics.
 

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Very nice Srivats! Congrats! I am actually considering purchasing this same bag. How is the overall weight? Do you find the bag to be heavy due to the horsehide? Also, can the straps be tightened to reduce the width of the bag when its not full? Can you post a picture of the back of the bag as well?
 

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Originally Posted by sammy
Very nice Srivats! Congrats! I am actually considering purchasing this same bag. How is the overall weight? Do you find the bag to be heavy due to the horsehide? Also, can the straps be tightened to reduce the width of the bag when its not full? Can you post a picture of the back of the bag as well?

Thank you. The bag is ~5lb empty. Its pretty comfortable to carry with a laptop. The straps can be tightened/loosened, the straps have holes ..

the back of the bag looks exactly like this (not my pic):
 

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